Stephen Osadetz, "On Principle: Newton to Coleridge"

Stephen Osadetz

Stephen Osadetz, Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University, presents on his research project, "On Principle: Newton to Coleridge," to an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and scientists comprised of fellows, guest faculty and students. He specializes in Restoration, eighteenth-century, and Romantic literature, and his scholarship is focused on the public sphere, didacticism, intellectual history, and the history of the book.

Professor Osadetz is currently writing a book provisionally entitled On Principle: Newton to Coleridge, which examines the eighteenth-century preoccupation with encapsulating whole books and, in some cases, even whole disciplines of knowledge in short, synoptic sentences. He also participated in the editing of the electronic edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey’s play The Fall of Robespierre (2008) for the Romantic Circles website.

Newton's Principia

Professor Osadetz’s research has been supported by fellowships from Harvard University’s Lasky-Barajas Dean’s Innovation Fund for Digital Arts and Humanities and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.